The first 4 years, and hopefully the last are just about over. And throughout the years of the Obama Administration, his cabinet members came and went. But there are still 4 diehard members who remain to this, and still back and often defend Obama and his policies.
One of the toughest supporters to Obama is Attorney General Eric Holder. Against all odds, and calls by Republicans for his resignation, he still remains. Yet another who remains is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who simply believes that there is still too much to do, to just abandon the job in 2 years.
Should Obama be lucky and win his re-election bid, word has it that not many of the original staff will remain. But let’s get back to Eric Holder.
In these 4 years, more than 100 lawmakers have called for his resignation, because of the failed Fast and Furious gun running deal, in which some of the 2,000 guns put into the black market were linked to crimes along the Mexico border, including the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Holder survived after a U.S. Inspector General investigation found no evidence he was aware of the operation or involved in a cover-up, and the president expressed “absolute confidence” in Holder at the time.
Holder in fact contemplated resigning amid depression brought on by his mother’s death and criticism for arguing the Sept.11 terror suspects should be tried in civilian court, according to the book “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency.”
Also, another faithful follower of team Obama is Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She has largely been the face of Obama’s healthcare law, making her the target of Conservatives. While at a political event in North Carolina, Sebelius told attendees to vote for Obama to ensure he “continues to be president for another four years.”
In fact because of this, she was found to be in violation of the Hatch Act, which forbids public officials from campaigning in an official capacity, but will probably not be punished. As he normally does for his cronies, Obama may just pardon her. She got off with a slap on the wrist, and the Treasury Department has been reimbursed, and Sebelius was told not to do that again.
We can’t forget Vice President Joe Biden, a devout Obama supporter and defender. He remains, even though he has a long list of gaffes, not to mention a foul mouth. One other instance that attracted attention was his comments on gay marriage.
Biden said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage. The White House downplayed the remarks. But sure enough, the president three days later said he needed to personally affirm that he thinks “same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
More recently, Biden at campaign rally in Virginia with many black supporters in attendance, said a Romney-Ryan administration would “unchain Wall Street.”
“They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” he added. And who could forget Biden’s “Big F—ing deal” comment during the signing of the health care law.
Also still on the team is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner whom is perceived as the brains and triggerman behind the Obama administration’s spending of $350 billion under the Trouble Asset Relief Program during the early days of Obama’s presidency, as the economy nearly collapsed. The other half was spent during the Bush administration.
Geithner appeared almost countless times before Congress and on national TV to explain and defend administration’s strategies, which also included efforts to restructure regulation for the U.S. financial system as well as saving the country’s mortgage and auto industries.
The latest though to face calls for her resignation is UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who went on 5 talk shows after the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including an ambassador, to say the attacks were “spontaneous,” not pre-planned. The administration has since said the strikes were terror attacks.
Remaining for one term is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and despite some recent criticism about her handling of the Libya crisis, Clinton has largely been lauded for being a tactful envoy of U.S. foreign policy and courageous for saying “I take full responsibility” about the Libya crisis.
The 65-year-old Clinton has insisted she will step down should Obama win a second term, but appeared to leave the door open during a recent Wall Street Journal interview which she said, “a lot of people have talked to me about staying.”
But others who’ve been booted off of Team Obama, are Obama’s budget director Peter Orszag, National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer, whose widely-known disagreements reportedly contributed to their departures.